SENATOR Antonio Trillanes IV on Sunday said President Rodrigo Duterte is now in a panic mode following repeated accusations linking the presidential son and son-in-law in the corruption mess in the Bureau of Customs (BOC).
"Si President Duterte ay nagpa-panic dahil malapit na mabunyag ang mga illegal na gawain ng kanilang pamilya. Kaya naman pala bilyon-bilyon ang pera nila sa bangko," Trillanes said.
Trillanes' attack against the President came following the latter's statement calling him a "political ISIS."
Trillanes earlier accused presidential son Paolo and son-in-law Manases Carpio to be behind the so-called Davao group–named by customs fixer Mark Taguba–to be involved in corruption schemes in the BOC.
This was denied by both the younger Duterte and Carpio, and even the President, with the latter vowing to resign if proven that his son is has been involved in illegal activities.
In his most recent interview in Davao, Duterte said he will advise his son not to answer questions by the legislative body, if invited, and insist on his right to remain silence.
Senate Blue Ribbom Committee Chair Senator Richard Gordon in the previous Senate hearing into the P6.4 billion worth of shabu shipment from China rejected Trillanes' motion to invite Paolo and Carpio in the probe.
This has prompted a heated debate between him and Trillanes, with the latter calling the Senate blue ribbon committee as "committee de areglo."
Gordon vowed to file an ethics case against Trillanes. (SunStar Philippines)